Tree transport and arrival at State Capitol:  Approx. 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2017.

The tree will be transported from the Latour Demonstration State Forest to the west lawn of the State Capitol in Sacramento. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will transport the tree with a California Highway Patrol escort down Interstate 5 south to the Q street exit, and will then proceed left onto Tenth Street. The tree will be placed in the west lawn of Capitol Park (Tenth Street between N and L streets).

On Monday, Nov. 5, a tree crew from the California Department of General Services cut down the state’s official Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding and prepare the tree for transport. The tree will then be transported on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from the Latour Demonstration State Forest to the west lawn of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Once installation of the 65-foot white fir at the Capitol is completed on that same day, DGS crews will spend several days trimming the tree with hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services. The ornaments are created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.  The tree will also feature 10,000 ultra-low-wattage, light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

This property became a state forest in 1946 when the State Lands Commission deeded the property to the then California Division of Forestry. It is located in Shasta County south of Burney and east of Redding at the edge of the Lassen National Forest. LaTour forest contains many interesting volcanic and glacial geological features. 

The Latour Demonstration State Forest is one of eight state forests operated by CAL FIRE. These forests are used to host research projects, and demonstrate improved forest management practices, from timber production and environmental stewardship, to public recreation uses. The 9,033 acres that make up Latour State Forest is in eastern Shasta County and offers public recreation activities such as camping, hiking, and the opportunity to cut a Christmas tree. Permits or more information may be obtained by calling the Latour State Demonstration Forest at (530) 225-2418.